Capito discusses Coronavirus Relief with Small Business Owners, State Medical Association

CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (WVADA), the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), the Independent Oil and Natural Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV), and the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) on teleconference calls where she provided an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During the call, Senator Capito heard from small business owners and others about their concerns, answered questions, and provided an update on how the third coronavirus relief package—which passed the Senate last Wednesday evening and President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020—will aid them during this uncertain time.

“I am glad to talk with such a diverse group of businesses from our state and help explain how provisions of the CARES Act benefit West Virginia,” said Senator Capito. “We are at a pivotal point in this pandemic, and each of us has a responsibility in West Virginia’s path forward. I will continue to be a steadfast partner for West Virginia businesses on the federal level as we work together during this difficult and uncertain time.”

“I would like to thank Senator Capito for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak with and answer questions from West Virginia’s franchised car dealers. WVADA greatly appreciates the hard work Senator Capito is doing in Washington for WV’s small businesses,” said Jared Wyrick, president of the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association.

“We thank Senator Capito for answering our questions today,” said Anne Blankenship, president of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. “Oil and natural gas businesses across the state will be needing extra help during these uncertain times. We appreciate Senator Capito continuing to fight for our workers today and every day in Washington.”  

“The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia has enjoyed a long and very positive relationship with Senator Capito, and this represents another example of her continued outreach on behalf of small businesses in times of unprecedented turmoil in our state and nation. Given the senator’s busy schedule, it is quite commendable she took the time to speak directly with some of our oil and natural gas producing members, hear their concerns, and provide reassurance that what they do is vital to providing surety and stability to Nation’s energy needs. I wish to thank Senator Capito personally for her continued efforts on behalf of all West Virginia businesses and their workers,” said Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia.

“West Virginia physicians are honored to continue our excellent working relationship with Senator Capito. She and her staff are always eager to address the needs of patients and their physicians. The town hall provided an excellent opportunity for Senator Capito and our members to interact,” said Danny Scalise, executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association.